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Tibet Fund gets USD 2 million for educational project

October 29, 2012

October 12, 2012 - USAID today announced a USD 2 million grant to a New York-based organisation for improving the quality of educational opportunities for Tibetan primary and secondary students in India and Nepal.

The Tibet Fund, which was awarded the two-year grant, will work in cooperation with the Central Tibetan Administration- Department of Education, The Snow Lion Foundation, and California State University/Fullerton to improve the quality of educational opportunities.

"The US Government is committed to assisting Tibetan refugees in the region. Both the US Department of State and USAID support cultural preservation and sustainable development in Tibetan refugee communities through numerous programmes," USAID India Mission Director William Hammink said.

Through the delivery of strategic educational programming, this project will produce significant gains in the educational outcomes of the Tibetan school system as a whole and will equip young Tibetans to succeed in the global economy while retaining their identity and culture, he said.

The Tibet Fund will intensify teacher development and training to improve the quality of teaching, and develop learning tools to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

To enable a larger number of Tibetan students to access costly and competitive higher educational opportunities, the Tibet Fund will expand the Central Tibetan Administration's college scholarship program and provide test preparation and coaching for secondary students, a USAID statement said.

The project will also establish a counselling program for students and strengthen administration of Tibetan schools.

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